The Florida Kayaking Guide: 10 Must-See Spots for Paddling

The Florida Kayaking Guide: 10 Must-See Spots for Paddling

Florida is one of the top vacation destinations in the country but most people think of palm trees, white sandy beaches, and Orlando theme parks. The Sunshine State also has a diverse natural landscape that many people miss on their way to see Mickey Mouse. From the reefs of the Keys and the bays and inlets of South Florida to the moss-covered canopies of ancient Cyprus and mangrove forests, this state has some of the most pristine and beautiful paddling trails.

10. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Situated in the heart of agricultural flat lands in North Florida is one of the gems of the state. At Ichetucknee Springs, you’ll find crystalline, ice-cold waters flowing from fresh water springs and feeding into the Ichetucknee River. In 1972 it was designated a National Natural Landmark by the US Department of the Interior and called “the clearest water in the world” by Jacque Cousteau. Although the river is open seasonally for tubing and swimming, it’s open year round for kayaking and canoeing. During the weekdays in off-season is the perfect time to glide through the pristine, clear waters of the river and catch a glimpse of river otters playing or a blue heron sharing sunshine with turtles on an old log. Along the river you’ll also witness ancient moss-covered Cyprus and limestone banks, the same landscape that the Native Americans traversed.

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